Book Review: Breast Choices for the Best Chances: Your Breasts, Your Life, and How You Can Win The Battle!
By Shawn Messionnier, D.V.M
Reviewed by Felicia Weiss, Ph.D.
Dr. Messionnier is a naturopathic/holistic veterinarian, who wrote this book to help women make their own informed choices regarding their own healthcare, as well as to help those charities he felt were most in need of his financial support. It is the story of his wife Sandy’s successful fight with breast cancer, as well as a sharing of the results of all of the research he found in his efforts to help her with this battle. He does an excellent job of explaining what tests are most helpful in obtaining the knowledge a woman needs to make an informed decision regarding her treatment. He also provides a summary of the research results currently available in order to know how to interpret those tests and to fully understand what stage one’s cancer is in. In addition, he offers an explanation of the many supplements one can take to minimize one’s risks and to serve as an adjunct to conventional therapies. Although he believes that an integrative approach of conventional and alternative treatments is best, he does a great job of presenting the information so that each woman can make her own decisions about what is the most optimal approach for her.
I feel this book is an excellent guideline for all women to aid them in the prevention and/or treatment of breast cancer. It is also an important resource for those serving in a supportive role, such as a husband or parent to a woman with breast cancer. I learned a great deal of valuable information while reading this book. I feel better informed and more knowledgeable on ways to stay healthy and what to do should I ever be confronted with this horrible illness. Although Dr. Messionnier found that not much progress has been made in the war on cancer, he feels that the world of integrative oncology does offer a lot of hope for the cancer patient. Of course, knowledge is power, and those wishing to prevent cancer or those diagnosed with cancer will find this book a must read.
As Dr. Messionnier says, given that “Cancer therapy is very much an individual and personal decision”, it is important for people to have all of the information available in order to make the best decision possible for their particular situation and condition. He does a wonderful job of educating current and future cancer patients about all of their options. I feel that many people will benefit from the knowledge Dr. Messionnier gained on this journey with his wife.
Shawn Messonnier DVM. Author, the award-winning The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats, The Natural Vet’s Guide to Preventing and Treating Cancer in Dogs, and Breast Choices for the Best Chances: Your Breasts, Your Life, and How YOU Can Win The Battle! Listen to Dr. Shawn each week on his award-winning show, Dr. Shawn-The NaturalVet, on Martha Stewart Radio Sirius/XM 110, Tuesday night from 7-8 PM CST.
Dr. Messonnier may be reached at: 972-867-8800 or visit his website at: www.petcarenaturally.com or www.drshawnsorganics.com
Come hear Dr. Messionnier speak on Saturday, April 21 at 3pm at the Wellness Expo in Addison on “Breast Choices for the Best Chances”.